Task# Naming the Whole for a Fraction

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

When fractions are represented pictorially, they are always fractions of some whole. It is sometimes easy to forget to indicate this in a picture, particularly because the idea may be clear in our own mind. The goal of this task is to show that when the whole is not specified, which fraction is being represented is left ambiguous. The teacher may wish to simply draw this picture on the board and have students think about what fraction the picture represents and follow this up with a discussion.